This entertaining and readable book provides a solid, comprehensive introduction to contemporary electronics. It's not a "how-to-do" electronics book, but rather an in-depth explanation of how today's integrated circuits work, how they are designed and manufactured, and how they are put together into powerful and sophisticated electronic systems. In addition to the technical details, it's packed with practical information of interest and use to engineers and support personnel in the electronics industry. It even tells how to pronounce the alphabet soup of acronyms that runs rampant in the industry.
Section 1: Fundamentals
Chapter 1 Analog versus Digital
Chapter 2 Atoms, Molecules, and Crystals
Chapter 3 Conductors, Insulators, and Other Stuff
Chapter 4 Semiconductors (Diodes and Transistors)
Chapter 5 Primitive Logic Functions
Chapter 6 Using Transistors to Build Logic Gates
Chapter 7 Alternative Numbering Systems
Chapter 8 Binary Arithmetic
Chapter 9 Boolean Algebra
Chapter 10 Karnaugh Maps
Chapter 11 Slightly More Complex Functions
Chapter 12 State Machines
Chapter 13 Analog-to-Digital and Vice Versa
Section 2: Components and Processes
Chapter 14 Integrated Circuits (ICs)
Chapter 15 Memory ICs
Chapter 16 Programmable ICs
Chapter 17 Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs)
Chapter 18 Circuit Boards
Chapter 19 Hybrids
Chapter 20 System-in-Package (Sip) and Friends
Chapter 21 Alternative and Future Technologies Section 3: Design Tools and Stuff
Chapter 22 General Concepts
Chapter 23 Design and Verification Tools
Appendix A Assertion-Level Logic
Appendix B Positive Logic versus Negative Logic
Appendix C Reed-Muller Logic
Appendix D Gray Codes
Appendix E Linear Feedback Shift Registers (LFSRs)
Appendix F Pass-Transistor Logic
Appendix G More on Semiconductors
Appendix H Rounding Algorithms 101
Appendix I Pass-Transistor Logic
Appendix J An Interesting Conundrum
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Number of pages: 568
Weight: 1130 g
Dimensions: 235 x 191 x 25 mm
Edition: 3rd edition
Every so often a technical book comes along that sets a standard for others to follow; two previous books that come immediately to mind are Foundations of Wireless and Electronics by M.G. Scroggie and The Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill, both of which have run to a number of editions (Scroggie was first published in 1936!). We believe two more technical books are about to line up alongside the all-time greats and both of these are Bebop books. We are sure you will discover that the article Alternative and Future Technologies is informative and easy to read. Maxs style helps things along tremendously and you will find you have absorbed masses of technical information almost without conscious effort.
Everyday Practical Electronics
Maxfield literally takes the digital bull by the horns. We are treated to explanations of Boolean algebra, transistor switches, an introduction to logic and memory circuits--even customer-designed (application specific) integrated circuits-delivered in a lively style with well-thought-out illustrations and indexes. For those of use who love electronics--love finding out how things work--Bebop to the Boolean Boogie is a must-have reference.
Stephan Ohr, contributing editor to Computer Design
This is a dangerous book. . . . Not only do you stand a chance of learning something from it, but ten years from now you will still remember it!
Pete Waddell, editor, Printed Circuit Design
When you turn on everyday electronic appliances and computers, theres an electron dance that goes on inside. Maxs book can help you hear and understand the music and learn the steps. Read this book and youll have a greater appreciation of how things work (or, how they should work), and you may even pick up some Karnaugh knowledge along the way!
Brian Moran, Manager of Technical Evangelism, Microsoft
Lives up to its title as a useful and entertaining technical guide . . . well suited for students, technical writers, technicians, and sales and marketing people.
If you want to be reminded of the joy of electronics, take a look at Clive (Max) Maxfields book Bebop to the Boolean Boogie.
Writing a book like this one requires audacity! . . . Maxfield writes lucidly on a variety of complex topics without writing down to his audience.
Bebop covers all the basics, from the history of number systems (much more interesting than the tiresome number system discussions found in all elementary texts), to basic logic design, PALs, and even PC-board issues. EDN